Investors and self-employed persons
A non-EU Citizen wishing to set up a business in Germany will
normally need to apply for an investor’s visa at the nearest German Consulate
or Embassy. The applicant is expected
to show that the business idea is viable and will provide significant economic
benefits to Germany. The applicant will also need to invest € 25,000 to
register a limited company in Germany.
For further information on how to set up a business in
Germany, you might also wish to contact one of the branches of the German
Chambers of Commerce Association abroad or in Germany.
To gain a residence permit there must be a significant
economic benefit to Germany, which can be shown by one or more of the following:
A substantial investment in
The creation of new jobs for
By manufacturing high-tech
There is a well known shortage of highly
skilled IT experts and so applications based on starting an
IT business in Germany should stand a good chance of success. There are certain
types of businesses that are less likely to be looked on favourably. For
example, those wishing to start say a small import-export company or a bakery
are less likely to receive a favourable assessment, compared to those wishing to
set up a business that will bring new skills and ideas to Germany.
If you wish to take this further you will need the following
The German Embassy or Consulate then forwards the application
to the City or Local Government office where the foreign national plans to set
up his company. The relevant authorities in Germany takes 2-3 months to consider
the application and then notifies the German diplomatic representative abroad of
Workpermit.com charges GBP1500 for assisting you in
preparing a visa application. This is normally paid in instalments, and there is
also a full money back guarantee. If you would like to discuss this further
please telephone us on +44 (0) 20 7842 0800 or send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.